Tag Archives: sustainability

Granby Park – an Urban Pop-up Park in Dublin!

I am helping to create a ‘pop up park’ in Dublin this summer!Exciting and amazing.


It will be on the currently vacant site at the corner of Dominick and Parnell St. It will be incredible, but we need money!

If you can, please help through our Fund It campaign click here.

Or if you can help with time and ideas instead of money that’s great too, just let us know, click here. We need help building it, doing workshops, creative events and lots more…


‘Right to Work’ Protest No. 3

The weekly Right to Work protests continued in Dublin yesterday, and will be on again next Tuesday, June 1st – spread the word and join in!

Outside the Dail in Dublin, May 25th 2010

I started with the Anti- Capatalist Bloc at St. Stephen’s Green and we joined the mainstream crowd outside the Dail on Kildare St. Then walked around to Dublin Castle. The energy was really good, and despite reports in the press today of 500 people attending I’d say it was closer to 1,000. People are really anrgy at Fianna Fail. And rightly so. They have failed us again and again; we need to stand up to them and get them out of government… Continue reading

Me no likes da capitalisms..

This is a piece I did ages ago which never found a home in print, so apologies that it’s a little old and long. But it’s an interesting subject so I thought I’d post it. I must do an updated version at some stage. The title “Me no likes da capitalisms…” is taken from graffiti on a wall in Dublin city at the time…

Just What Effect does Capitalism Have on Mass Media? All social, political and economical processes determine the media we create and consume. Unfortunately for us, the socio- economic institution around which the ‘free’ world rotates is capitalism. Most of us feel the direct effect of this modus operandi every day, by selling eight hours of our precious lives to someone we- more than likely- don’t even know. What may be even more unfortunate is that the age of capitalism is coinciding with the age of information and media, for which inadequate pseudo- democracies offers little compensation.

In 1787 Thomas Jefferson said “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter”. John Keane argued at length that there could never be a true democracy without a free press. I would agree totally: who questions elected representatives’ actions? Who investigates corruption within state institutions? Who gives a voice to victims of statutory misconduct in less developed countries? A free and true press is the only real opposition to corruption and propaganda, to the canker of deceit and greed, characteristics we are increasingly feeling the effect of every day. Continue reading

What the Hell are Carbon Footprints, Exactly???

These days we’re surrounded by buzzwords that were the refuge of loony lefties and new-agers just a few years back. Global warming, greenhouse effect, carbon footprint. Well, it seems that the panpipe lovers of yesteryear were onto something, and these are now processes that we all need to get our heads around. Yes, that means you.

However the popularisation of such concerns, and the mainstream use of such terminology, doesn’t necessarily make it easier for us to quantify all of this, as individuals going about our daily business. Officially, according to Davie Philip at Sustainable Ireland, our carbon footprint is “A measure of the impact you have on the planet, by the amount of carbon dioxide you emit by consuming energy”.

Ok. But what exactly does that mean for us, sitting here reading our papers? Well, it means we can now calculate how bad little-old-you are for the environment, and what humans should do, hopefully and eventually, to become ‘carbon neutral’.

But, I hear you cry, surely little-old-me can’t do as much as big-old countries like the US, China, Japan and India who are doing the vast majority of the damage? This may be true, but we’ve lived in a bit of an ignorance-bubble since the industrial revolution, when most of this nasty business began, and now we are enlightened.

This means no more head in the sand, it’s-not-my-fault philosophy. Every action has an equal but opposite reaction, and for too long we’ve been taking without giving. Natural resources, pollution, trees…we’ve been taking and taking without consequence. But guess what? There is a consequence, and we’re now learning how serious it is. Continue reading

Why is Feminism such a Dirty Word?

Feminism should be a strong, vivacious powerhouse of a movement, crashing through the barricades of inequality. Yet in reality, and particularly in modern Ireland, feminism seems to be creeping along in silent apathy. Why earth don’t young Irish woman care about feminism? There are some new collectives cropping up, and there is now an Irish Feminist’s forum, which is really great to see. But in the mainstream collective consciousness feminism is still a dirty word.

In ‘developed’ countries, like Ireland, women work a lot more than their
male counterparts but earn quite a bit less (especially taking domestic work
into account; most women work two jobs but are only paid for one). We are
hugely out-numbered by men in every sphere of government, politics, industry
and elected representation. Most single-parent households are headed by women and yet we’re shunned for things like breast-feeding in
public or talking about inherently female topics, and so we try to prove
ourselves- socially and professionally- through patriarchal standards.
And we’re the lucky ones. In ‘developing’ counties women are the victims of
violence, institutionalised rape and extreme social exclusion/ pressure.
They are usually the gender forced to turn to prostitution in tough times,
and often the ones left responsible for children. Most people with literacy problems, globally, are women, who have less automatic rights and access to education. And literacy and education are two things which keep people in the grips of long term poverty.

So the fight is not over, yet we seem to have given up. When I tell them I’m
a feminist the response of other young Irish women is usually one of mild
disdain and vaguely cloaked shock. As if part of them would like to say
‘good on you’ and part of them is thinking ‘who does this militant
man-hating femi-nazi think she is? Continue reading